updated 04:30 pm EDT, Thu May 31, 2007
GZone Type S at Verizon
Verizon today announced that it would pick up the G'zOne Type-S, a new version of the rugged clamshell from Casio. Like the Type-V, the new phone is designed to survive especially harsh, military-grade conditions. The new model can withstand a near 5-foot drop from any angle; it can also survive heavy rainfall and splashing and is sealed against desert dust. The Type-S differentiates itself from the Type-V through its choice of hardware, Verizon says. Its camera is scaled back to a VGA-resolution 0.3 megapixels versus the 2-megapixel sensor of the V, but is exchanged in favor of Bluetooth and a more pocketable, streamlined shape.
In its carrier-specific trim, the new g'zOne supports most of Verizon's more advanced features, including EVDO broadband, VZ Navigator for assistive GPS mapping, and mobile IM chats with AIM, Windows Live, or Yahoo. Bluetooth support doesn't include stereo audio, the provider warns.
Casio's device will reach Verizon's online and retail shops tomorrow with pricing set at $150 when linked with a rebate and a new two-year plan.